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Poster: Rings&Bells Date: Nov 7, 2008 11:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Give Me......

This is probably a dumb question, but does banjo require use of all of your fingers on your right hand more so than guitar?

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Nov 7, 2008 11:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Give Me......

Not if you're just 'strummin' on the old Banjo'...lol. But for the compicated 'rolls' (think "Foggy Mountain Breakdown") 'finger-picks' are placed on all four fingers and a thumb-pick on your thumb. On a 5-string Banjo, all your right-hand fingers are involved (if you're right-handed), in constantly changing patterns, throughout a song. Listening to "Old And In The Way" or Jerry's other Banjo cameos, you would never know he only had four fingers to 'roll' with. I hope that made some kind of sense... :)

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2008-11-07 19:23:54

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Poster: barongsong Date: Nov 7, 2008 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Give Me......

Well said.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Nov 7, 2008 1:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Give Me......

Not a dumb question. A lot of banjo pickers will "roll" with three fingers, index, middle, and thumb, just to keep the other ones from getting in the way during all the excitement of high speed playing. Frailing, which I don't think I've heard Mr. Garcia do, is more of a five finger deal, but I wouldn't count out the possibility of doing that with the phalanges he possessed.
Four finger pickers are out there, but that's out of my league as a bad former wanna-be banjo player.